roger's u.s. open shoes: a closer look

I (heart) NY: More from New York Magazine’s coverage of the 2007 U.S. Open, this time a close-up of Roger Federer‘s shoes.

Nike continues with style from Wimbledon (photo) but switches to a white/silver/blue colorway to match Roger’s blue polo. They used black for the monogram and red for the three marks on each shoe (that’s one mark one for each U.S. Open title Roger has won so far).

What do you think of his shoes? Tell us!

(photo via New York‘s Daily Intelligencer)

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around the u.s. open grounds: dominik hrbaty

Dominik Hrbaty serves it up FRESH at the Open

2007 U.S. Open: We’ve been watching the qualies, practice sessions, talking to coaches, photographers, and everyone else out here… Not that many big upsets on Day 1, but some good matches took place on Monday. Americans Donald Young and John Isner won their first round matches, leading me to think at least one of them will make a run to the quarters. Tommy Haas also won.

On the women’s side Henin and Jankovic won their matches in straight sets. Caroline Wozniacki (who played in the juniors last year) won her first round showdown with Tzipora Obziler in three sets. Also Ahsha Rolle upset Tatiana Golovin under the Louis Armstrong stadium lights.

Look for the Day 2 wrap tonight and stay tuned for more pics.

TSF contributor JNP is in trenches and checking in with us everyday.

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wardrobes malfunction and shine on the first day

With talk of fabulous clothes dominating the week leading up to the 2007 U.S. Open, how funny that the first day of matches had people talking about wardrobe issues:


Now you see it, now you don’t.

Pesky German, pesky bow: During Serena Williams‘ win 6-3, 7-5 against German Angelique Kerber, the seesaw second set found Williams ripping off the bow on her Nike dress out of frustration. Ripping. off. the. bow. So much for keeping this “young, hip and fun” outfit intact for two weeks.

What do you think of Serena’s dress? Tell us!

TSF owns up: Okay, okay. So we merely speculated that Serena would be wearing this dress. We’re much happier with her current choice — a conservative hybrid between Vaidisova‘s bow-at-the-bust dress from Reebok and Ivanovic‘s pink and brown outfit from Roland Garros ’07.

Jelena’s left shoe: And Serbian Jelena Jankovic, clad in simple pink Reebok, struggled un poquito in her defeat of Slovakian Jarmila Gajdosova 6-2, 7-6 (2). On top of dealing with heavy hitting from her opponent, Jankovic also had to deal with her faulty left shoe:

“I got tight at the end, but I managed to kind of recuperate and do my best as much as I can and finish the match. Because also I broke somehow my shoe. My shoe broke at the end of the first set. I kind of lost my concentration a bit because I was thinking, you know, what am I going to do if this shoe completely wears out? Can I play barefoot? What am I supposed to do (laughter)?

“It was a little bit — it was difficult. The trainer came out. I didn’t even know if she was allowed to come if the shoe breaks because that’s not a medical timeout.

“She helped me. She put some glue, which she stuck my sock to the sole, so I had some other problem there. I managed to get through everything and win the match.

EleVen does good: The new Steve & Barry’s line by Venus Williams — EleVen — looked even better on the tennis superstar than it did on the mannequin. She wore it tonight for her first round match which followed a tribute to tennis legend Althea Gibson. Aretha Franklin performed and in the audience sat Janet Jackson (also clad in EleVen).

Roger needs a do-over: When the number one seed was asked what he knew about Althea Gibson, he answered: “I don’t know. You’re putting me on the spot. I don’t know what you’re talking about.” The reporter clarified that Gibson was being honored tonight, and Roger clarified his answer, too: “(I know) nothing, to be honest. It’s before my time. Isn’t much I can really say about it. I don’t know, I’m sorry.”

Uh, what?! Aren’t there reading prerequisites to joining the tour? Tennis legends’ biographies should be on it. In the words of my friend Wally, “this is unacceptable”.

(photos via AP and Getty Images)

short balls: roddick watch, ferrer is 7th best, adidas vs. nike, we love lleyton, etc.

Roddick gossip: I’m loving the Andy round-up over at Roddick Watch (the August 26 post). RW also links to a quick interview which reveals Andy’s favorite TV show (The Office) and his favorite food (of course, since he’s Texan, it’s steak).

Perhaps Kolya should be worried: Sports giant Nike has ended its relationship with football superstar Michael Vick following his guilty to charges of running a dogfighting ring. As Nike said in previous statements, the company considers any cruelty to animals inhumane, abhorrent, and unacceptable. Let’s hope they don’t sell any leather goods?

Well, if Airness decides to drop Davydenko, they should at least wait until he pleads guilty to match-fixing. If not, let him keep his clothes!

Ferrer seventh best?: A quick glance at this year’s race to the ATP Championships shows Spaniard David Ferrer as the seventh-best player. Crazy, eh? (via Chris)

adidas trumps Nike: Interesting stats based on the ATP and SEWTA data show that adidas has more (clothing) sponsored players in the U.S. Open draw than Nike. (WATR)

Bonus round: You can never go wrong with picturing Lleyton Hewitt in a suit. (photo via Order of Play)

Totally jelly: Oh you better believe I turned green when I saw the Lacoste alligator plastered all over the New York Post‘s tennis section. I can only hope TSF gets the gator one day…

Times they are a-changin': And it’s not necessarily a bad thing. People can hem and haw about tennis going to the dogs: technology (Hawk-Eye, non-wood racquets), policy changes (on-court coaching?!), an increasing similarity to Hollywood (Masha had a press conference for her dress? and everyone BLOGGED about it?!) — but in the end, as long as the players keep showcasing amazing tennis ability and passion for the sport, we’ll continue to love it.

Where are all the Latin American women?: ESPNDeportes.com’s Gustavo Goitia wonders, and chalks it up to a downward spiral:

“There are very few sponsors willing to pour money into programs, so that makes it hard to organize certain competitions and/or help the girls with the economic costs of the trips to Europe and United States to play with the best. And as the talent pool decreases, there is less and less sponsor interest in opening their wallets.”

Juniors go pro: Teens Jesse Levine and Kevin Anderson have announced their moves to the pro circuit. Levine will be taking home his prize money from the Open’s main draw (he’s in it as a wild card). (via ZooTennis)

fashion from arthur ashe kids day

All Nike: The Nike stable did their fair share for yesterday’s Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the 2007 U.S. Open. Rafa came out in casual tennis attire, while Roger raised charity money (and entertained the kids) in this cute blue/white ensemble.

Meanwhile, Serena appeared in pink plaid (from the women’s Heritage Collection), and Dani Hantuchova (not pictured) wore black.

At least for Rafa, Roger, and Serena, the clothes they wore yesterday will not be what they’re wearing for the actual tournament.

Costume change: Texan Andy Roddick wore his white Lacoste outfit (this) for one exhibition match, and changed into this super-blousy red crew neck shirt (above) for another.

What are you hiding in there, Andy? Why so baggy?

(photos by Getty Images)

fashion focus: szavay in simple white

Hungarian qualifier Agnes Szavay looked amazing as she retired with a back injury at the fashion-forward Pilot Pen final. Congrats to her on almost winning the Tier II — it would’ve been a first for a qualifier.

All week she’s been wearing a label-less white sleeveless tank (left) and pleated skirt. She mixed it up at the final, donning a halter with a metal clip accent at the bust (middle).

Does anyone know who makes her clothes?

Also, on the right is a closer look at Svetlana‘s most current Fila outfit (which we pointed out last week). We really love the stripes!

bracketology: chris’ Open picks (women’s ed.)

Chris’ picks for the women’s draw at the 2007 U.S. Open (men’s picks here):

Quarters: Serena d. Henin, Jankovic d. Venus, Kuznetsova d. Hantuchova, Sharapova d. Chakvetadze

Semis: Jankovic d. Serena, Sharapova d. Kuznetsova

Final: Sharapova d. Jankovic

Heavy at the top: The women’s draw is very top heavy. Until I watched the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day yesterday on CBS, I had Henin over Serena. But liked Serena’s form and attitude (hitting targets on a court is such a wonderful gauge for this, I know!). Being the first hard-hitter that Henin would face, the fresh Serena (coming back from an injury break) will be too much for Henin to handle.

If Serena doesn’t shape up, an on-form Safarova could give Henin some trouble in the fourth round.

In the bottom quarter of the top half, I think Venus will get hot again and upset Ivanovic in the fourth round but I see Jankovic returning to New York with too much confidence from last year to lose to Venus or Ivanovic in the quarters. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jankovic only loses six or seven games through the fourth round (where she’d face Dementieva or Bammer).

The lower half: In the top section of the lower half, I see Azarenka making some noise until she runs into Kuznetsova in the fourth round. I also pick Hantuchova over Petrova in that round; the Slovakian is due for a good slam result (plus I wasn’t impressed with what I saw of Petrova in LA). I think Kuznetsova’s win at New Haven will give her the confidence to power past Daniela and into the semifinals.

Re: Sharapova’s draw — it’s not that easy as you might think. Radwanska, her possible third round opponent, won on the hard courts in Stockholm earlier this summer. In the fourth round Masha could face Peer, a fan favorite and always capable of a big win. Then she’d have to play Chakvetadze, who I would say maybe had the best summer over all, in the quarters. If Chakvetadze loses early, it’ll be to Mirza (who has also been playing her best lately) or Schnyder (always dangerous). If she makes it through that, then she’ll get a break facing Svetlana in the semis before a tough match against Jankovic in the final.

Oh yeah, that Vaidisova chick — she’s my first round upset special going out to Kudryavtseva.

What do you think of Chris’ picks? Tell us!

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trophy watch: more u.s. open series crystal

Trophy watch: The Pilot Pen tournament in New Haven doled out these cups to winners James Blake (7-5, 6-4 over Mardy Fish) and Svetlana Kuznetsova (who won when Hungarian qualifier Agnes Szavay retired at 6-4, 0-3).

Really, another ho hum trophy? Surely you could have found some other shape to sculpt. Why don’t you start here (or maybe here) for inspiration.

p.s. that’s a nice bracelet on James.

(photos via AP)

a top 10 player to be stripped of his clothes?


Will adidas make a monkey out of Gonzalez?

The blind item mill churneth and its latest product is this: a current top-10 player will be dumped by his clothing company “when his contract runs out at the end of the year”.

So who will be mired in a fashion mess in a few months? Here’s the current list of sponsors, players (and their ranking):

Nike: Roger Federer (1), Rafa Nadal (2), Blake (6), Berdych (9)
adidas: Nole (3), Fernando Gonzalez (7)
Airness: Davydenko (4)
Lacoste: Roddick (5)
Sergio Tacchini: Tommy Robredo (8)
Limited: Tommy Haas (10)

It’s not Rafa, Roger, or Blake — who all have crazy-high Q ratings right now. Lacoste is still getting mileage out of Roddick. And adidas would be stupid to drop Nole. Even though he strips after every title win, the clothes stay on during matches.

So my picks are the inconsistent Fernando Gonzalez (finals of Aussie Open and Masters Series Rome but early exits everywhere else), Tomas Berdych, and Tommy Robredo. Robredo should really be with Fila anyway. Perhaps this’ll be his chance to do so?

(photo via AP)

fashion: roger and nike design shirt for charity

Roger Federer checked in with his fans through an e-mail newsletter (he’s having a good time in New York, and he got great birthday presents from his fans, thankyouverymuch), and it reminded me of this shirt that’s for sale at RogerFedererShop.com. It’s a good shirt to wear if you’re cheering on Roger at the U.S. Open this week.

Proceeds from this limited-edition shirt benefit the Roger Federer foundation.